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Anna Akbari

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Dr. Anna Akbari is a sociologist, entrepreneur, and “the thinking person’s stylist.” She is a former professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the department of Art and Art Professions at New York University, as well as the Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons The New School for Design. Her research focuses on visual self-presentation, visual culture, identity, technology/human relationships, and happiness. Akbari is the founder of Sociology of Style, which offers intelligent commentary on image and culture-related issues, and Sociology of Style services, its personal consulting division, which takes a holistic approach to individual empowerment and identity construction through personal styling and image management. A prominent thought leader, she is frequently called on as an expert and can be found speaking or writing for such outlets as TED, CNN, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times. Watch her TED talk; sign-up for Sociology of Style; read and hear more here; follow her on Twitter.

Wardrobe Basics Worth the Splurge

Everyone loves a bargain. But it may not make sense to scrimp on the pieces you need and love the most. In fact, sometimes the best way to be frugal over time is to invest a little more upfront in the right items. When you calculate the price per...

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You can't control the weather -- or your client. But you can control how you dress for them

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How to stay cool in the cold without spending a lot.

Get the Most Out of Your Wardrobe

Five maintenance strategies to help your clothes last longer.

Fashion 911: 10 Fast Fixes for Wardrobe Emergencies

We’ve all been there. The run in your pantyhose as you’re late to work, the stain on your blouse during a client lunch, the unsightly deodorant streak across your black dress. With most wardrobe mishaps, it’s not a matter of if, but when.  While...

Dress for Success at Work

You wouldn’t submit a report with typos and grammatical errors, so why settle for the sartorial equivalent of sloppy communication? Our appearance represents the brand we’re creating for ourselves, into which we want our superiors and co-workers...

Does Music Make You Spend More?

Next time you’re bopping your head to the beat at your favorite boutique or humming along to the songs at Starbucks, consider this: The music you’re listening to may directly influence how much money you spend there. In fact, the soundtrack...

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